Last minute: Ministry of National Defense: terrorist nests are collapsing one by one

Operation Claw Lock in Northern Iraq!

National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced that the Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Claw Lock by land and air against terrorist targets in Metina, Zap and Avaşin-Basyan regions in northern Iraq.

Minister Akar came to Air Force Command Headquarters together with Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Musa Avsever and Naval Forces Commander General Adnan Özbal .

Welcomed by the Commander of the Air Force, General Hasan Küçükakyüz, Minister Akar visited the operations center of the Air Force Command with the command level of the TAF who accompanied.

Briefed on the air campaign against terrorist targets in northern Iraq, Minister Akar held a meeting via video conference with the Combat Air Force Operations Center.

Receiving an update on the latest situation of the air campaign, Akar said: “Our heroic Turkish Armed Forces have launched Operation Claw Lock against terrorist targets in order to eliminate terrorist attacks against our people and our security forces since the northern Iraq and ensure our border security.” he said.

According to AA News; Stating that targets belonging to the terrorist organization were under heavy fire as part of the operation, Akar said:

“During the operation carried out within the framework of the prepared plan, terrorist targets in the regions of Metina, Zap and Avaşin-Basyan were first fired upon by our air forces. Our heroic pilots managed to hit targets consisting of shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots and so-called headquarters belonging to the terrorist organization. Targets determined by Fırtına, MLRA and other artillery elements were heavily fired and hit with complete accuracy. Our heroic commandos and burgundy berets, supported by our ATAK helicopters, drones and SİHA, infiltrated the region by infiltrating land and with an air attack operation. So far, our operation is proceeding successfully as planned. The objectives set in the first phase have been achieved.”


Akar said he followed the operation in which land, naval and air elements participated, from operations centers with Chief of General Staff Güler, Commander of Land Forces General Avsever, Commander of Naval Forces General Özbal and Air Force Commander Hasan Küçükakyüz:

“We have conducted a detailed study since the planning phase of the operation. Our soldiers, inspired by the love, trust and prayers of our noble nation, carry out their work with great heroism and sacrifice under the orders and the command of their commanders. We have no doubt that he will succeed in the tasks given to him, as he has done so far. I hope this operation will continue.” will be carried out as planned. Accordingly, we are determined to save our noble nation from the terrorist scourge that has plagued our country for 40 years. Our fight will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized. The breath of Mehmetçi is on the backs of terrorists. We see that the terrorist organization is collapsing. These activities are carried out with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of friendly and brother Iraq. I would like to remind you that our only target is the terrorists. t is shown.”


National Defense Minister Akar also spoke by radio with the pilots who took part in the air campaign carried out within the framework of Operation Claw Lock.

Passing on his wishes of success to the pilots, Akar said: “We follow your activities closely with great pride and pleasure. The objectives set so far have been successfully achieved as planned. These missions you have accomplished in accordance with the glorious history of our Air Force. will always be remembered with pride.” he said.

Akar also met Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Commander of the Navy, who conducted Exercise Blue Homeland in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas. “I wish you success in your work, may your bow be clear and your sea be calm. I wish our beams success,” he said.

After completing his exams there, Minister Akar moved to the Land Forces Operations Center with the accompanying TAF command level.


The Ministry of National Defense shared a photo of Mehmetçik on its Twitter account. MSB shared their post: “Mehmetçik’s breath is on the backs of the terrorists; the locks of the terrorist nests are torn apart one by one!” added the note.

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